Three Graces back home after 50 years

The Faith, Hope and Charity statues which graced an Orkney garden for more than half-a-century before being bought by the city’s common good fund. DMH craned the stone statues into place.

Published Date: 18 March 2011
By John Ross for The Scotsman

THREE well-known former residents of Inverness were installed in their new home in the city yesterday after an absence of more than half a century. The trio of 9ft-high statues, known as the Three Graces, have been put in place in Ness Bank Gardens beside the River Ness.

The figures, which represent Faith, Hope and Charity, were created by the sculptor Andrew Davidson in the 1870s.

They overlooked the High Street from a tartan and tweed warehouse, which was demolished in the 1950s. The figures, each weighing some 4.2 tonnes, lay forgotten in a council yard until 1961, when they were advertised.

They were eventually offered to Norris Wood, a collector in Orkney, and after his death a deal was reached for their return.


By Shirley Lynch for DMH

DMH's trailer crane was instrumental in moving the Three Graces back home to Inverness. The flexibility of the trailer crane meant it could easily moved into place in Ness Bank Gardens with minimal disturbance. It easily lifted the base stones for the plinth, then each of the ladies, Faith, Hope and Charity, in sections, to their new outlook along the River Ness.

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